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    Armed Black Panthers Lobby for Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

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    Breitbart News has obtained photographs of members of the New Black Panther Party wielding weapons and holding signs supporting Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a leftist who hopes to be the first black female governor in Georgia.

    This comes on the heels of Oprah Winfrey’s visit to the state on Abrams behalf where she said the Democrat refuses to allow the sacrifices of those who were “lynched” and “oppressed” to be “in vain.”



    The photos show the men, dressed all in black, with the Black Panther logo on their clothing and holding weapons.

    Abrams opponent, Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, will be the focus of a rally today in Georgia where President Donald Trump will be stumping on his behalf.
    Ryan Mahoney, Kemp for Governor spokesman, has no doubt about the origin of the images. He said:
    It’s no surprise that militant Black Panthers are armed and patrolling the streets of Georgia for Stacey Abrams. The Black Panthers are a radical hate group with a racist and anti-semitic agenda. They are dangerous and encourage violence against our men and women in uniform. Stacey Abrams should immediately denounce the Black Panthers and their hateful record of racism. She should stand against and condemn their attempts to intimidate hardworking Georgia voters just days before the election.


    As Breitbart News reported:

    The Georgia governor’s race is one of the most closely watched campaigns in the nation and is attracting top surrogates from both parties in the final days before the election. Vice President Mike Pence stumped for Kemp earlier Thursday, while President Donald Trump will be in the state this weekend. “I heard Oprah is in town today,” Pence said at today’s rally. “I heard Will Ferrell was going door-to-door the other day. I’d like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell, I’m kind of a big deal, too.”

    Real Clear Politics poll tracking shows Kemp up by one point and labels the contest a “toss-up.”


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    BREAKING: ANTIFA MOB CURRENTLY OUTSIDE HOME OF TUCKER CARLSON

    by Cassandra Fairbanks November 7, 2018

    A mob of Antifa protesters is currently outside the DC-area home of Fox News personality Tucker Carlson.
    The group is threatening Carlson and demanding that he leave town, saying that “tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.”

    BREAKING. Activists ring doorbell, hold protest at the Washington DC area home of @TuckerCarlson, racist, sexist, bigoted FOX News personality. So far no one has opened the door.

    “Tucker Carlson, we will fight!
    We know where you sleep at night!”#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/A3S3c6croi

    — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 7, 2018

    It is unclear if Carlson’s wife or four children are currently at home. It is unlikely that the host was home, as the harassment began less than an hour before his show is scheduled to air.

    The group was chanting threats such as, “Tucker Carlson we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!”

    “No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”

    This is what we think of your racist rhetoric and fearmongering toward immigrants, @TuckerCarlson.#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/2KHHPzQGkx

    — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 8, 2018

    The group of far-left agitators have been knocking on his door — but so far nobody has answered.

    According to posts from “Smash Racism DC” — the group is protesting Carlson’s coverage of the migrant caravan heading for the US border.

    The leftists were also chanting, “No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”

    Tucker Carlson, you cannot hide from the people you hurt with your rhetoric, your lies, and your hate.#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/prOtiBsaop

    — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 8, 2018



    Video: CNN Reporter Jim Acosta Assaults Female White House Staffer



    “Tucker Carlson, we will fight!

    We know where you sleep at night!”#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/A3S3c6croi
    — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 7, 2018

    It is unclear if Carlson’s wife or four children are currently at home. It is unlikely that the host was home, as the harassment began less than an hour before his show is scheduled to air.


    The group was chanting threats such as, “Tucker Carlson we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!”

    “No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”
    This is what we think of your racist rhetoric and fearmongering toward immigrants, @TuckerCarlson.#KnockKnockTucker pic.twitter.com/2KHHPzQGkx
    — Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 8, 2018

    The group of far-left agitators have been knocking on his door — but so far nobody has answered.
    According to posts from “Smash Racism DC” — the group is protesting Carlson’s coverage of the migrant caravan heading for the US border.

    The leftists were also chanting, “No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”

    Smash Racism DC also posted a picture of a sign on Carlson’s door with his address written on it — which was removed by Twitter after inquiries from journalists. The account remains active however, despite all the threats made on their feed.
    The group dispersed a couple minutes after the police arrived. No arrests were made.

    According to a source, Carlson has been being harassed so much that he cannot go out to eat or safely use the front entrance at Fox News.

    Tonight’s incident appears to have been organized by the same group that was behind chasing Senator Ted Cruz out of a restaurant in DC in September.

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    #BREAKING: ����#LIBERALS HAVE DECLARED WAR ON @FOXNEWS AND CONSERVATIVES

    DC #Antifa Publishes Home Addresses of #TuckerCarlson and His Brother -- As Well As #AnnCoulter, #NeilPatel, and #SeanHannity

    DC Antifa Publishes Home Addresses of Tucker Carlson and His Brother — As Well As Ann Coulter, Neil Patel, and Sean Hannity

    by Cassandra Fairbanks November 7, 2018 278 Comments



    Hours after an Antifa mob showed up at the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, an affiliated Twitter account published his home address and the home address of his brother Buckley Carlson — along with the addresses of Ann Coulter, Daily Caller’s Neil Patel, and Sean Hannity.

    We will not be naming the account or linking to it — but it has not been removed by Twitter at the time of writing this.

    The account has over 3,000 followers.

    The dox of right wing media figures was posted along with a message asserting that “politics affects people’s lives.” They demanded that the people they are harassing “stop promoting racism and fascism.”



    Approximately an hour before Carlson’s Fox News show aired on Wednesday evening, a leftist mob showed up at his home chanting threats such as, “Tucker Carlson we will fight, we know where you sleep at night!”

    The leftists were also chanting, “No borders! No walls! No USA at all!”


    It is unclear if Carlson’s wife and four children were home at the time of the incident.

    The group left minutes after the police arrived — and no arrests were made.

    Someone affiliated with DC Antifa told The Gateway Pundit that the protest at Carlson’s home was “just the beginning.”
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    The Uncivil Left Reveals Their Real Strategy

    They obeyed. The left always obeys. Obedience is the whole point of their program. And now, normal people across the country, nevertheless, are becoming concerned.

    “So many frankly unhinged people and unstable people out there," said Kelley Paul, wife of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who was attacked by a deranged neighbor over the summer. "And when they hear someone on their side telling them ‘get up in their face,‘ they take that literally, and they think that that gives them a license to be very aggressive, be harassing."

    The senator's wife now sleeps with a loaded gun by her bedside. That's what it has come to as Hillary Clinton says there's no being civil with Republicans, and top Democratic lawmakers urge angry citizens to harass people who simply don't share their worldview




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    Where’s the outrage over Hillary’s call for a ‘Civil’ War?

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    Democrat Maxine Waters: Time to Confront Trump Administration

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    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) encouraged supporters at a rally in Los Angeles June 23 to stand up to members of President Trump’s administration.







    Protesters Mob Outside Tucker Carlson's House, Call Him "Racist Scumbag"


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    On Date November 8, 2018



    On Wednesday night video emerged from the D.C. antifascist activist group Smash Racism DC that showed activists demonstrating outside the house of FOX News Channel's Tucker Carlson.

    "Tucker Carlson, we will fight!" they chanted. "We know where you sleep at night!"

    Joint statement from Suzanne Scott, CEO of FOX News & Jay Wallace, President, FOX News:

    "The incident that took place at Tucker’s home last night was reprehensible. The violent threats and intimidation tactics toward him and his family are completely unacceptable. We as a nation have become far too intolerant of different points of view. Recent events across our country clearly highlight the need for a more civil, respectful, and inclusive national conversation. Those of us in the media and in politics bear a special obligation to all Americans, to find common ground."

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    Antifa mob attacks Tucker Carlson’s home, cracks front door, members talk about pipe bombs

    By Robert Laurie
    November 8, 2018 at 11:23am
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    Last night, while Tucker Carlson was taping his show, a violent mob was busy terrorizing his wife. That’s not hyperbole. An Antifa mob showed up at his home, tried to smash its way through the door, and the Fox host’s wife was forced to lock herself in the pantry while calling 911.
    A Leftist Antifa mob is currently outside of @TuckerCarlson’s home shouting “racist scumbag leave town” and “we know where you sleep at night, we will fight.” Tucker Carlson has 4 children. They could be terrorizing his children for life right now. https://t.co/ti6plVDzGW
    — Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) November 8, 2018


    The attack (which left-leaning media outlets are shamelessly calling a protest) was organized by “Smash Racism DC.” In case you’re unfamiliar, they’re an Antifa group that claims to target racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Here’s a sample of their previous handiwork:



    In the wake of the assault on Carlson’s home, they’ve been suspended from the social media platform. One wonders what took so long.
    Update: Twitter suspended the account of the Antifa-associated group, Smash Racism DC, sometime after midnight.
    Earlier Wed. night, a mob had converged on the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, forcing his wife home alone at the time to hide in a pantry until police arrived. https://t.co/IcTGXwCHwv
    — Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 8, 2018

    Is this a "protest?"

    Here’s the report via the Washington Post. Note that, even as more and more details of the incident become clear, the paper is still willing to use the word “protest.” It’s the kind of completely craven reporting we’ve come to expect from the WaPo, but somehow it’s still stunning.
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson was at his desk Wednesday evening, less than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started receiving multiple text messages.

    There was some sort of commotion happening outside his home in Northwest D.C.

    “I called my wife,” Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. “She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. … Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door.”

    His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.

    But it wasn’t a home invasion. It was a protest.
    A “protest.” Because all protests involve trying to bash your way through someone’s front door. As if overlooking that wasn’t bad enough, the WaPo acknowledges that members of the mob also talked about bringing pipe bombs in a now-deleted video…
    Carlson said the protesters had blocked off both ends of his street and carried signs that listed his home address. The group called Carlson a “racist scumbag” and demanded that he “leave town,” according to posts on Twitter. A woman was also overheard in one of the deleted videos saying she wanted to “bring a pipe bomb” to his house, he said.
    The incident led to a whole cadre of Twitter’s most virulent leftists posting pseudo-condemnations of the attack. These are mostly of the “no one should be attacked in their home …but” variety. Tucker’s wife shouldn’t have to lock herself in the pantry, but *wink-wink* He really has it coming.

    This is straight out of the modern Democrat playbook. Everywhere you look, if you read between the lines, they pay lip service to civility while tacitly supporting the goon squad. This is what people like Maxine Waters are fighting for when she urges her outraged fans to “push back on” their opponents. It’s what people like Peter Fonda are advocating when they scream about showing up at the schools of children whose parents are deemed politically problematic.

    The fact is: this is what the left wants. They don’t care if things get violent, they don’t care if their ideological opposites are physically attacked, and they don’t care if people are forced to live in fear.

    Don’t believe me? Just ask Vox.com’s Matty Yglesias:
    I honestly cannot empathize with Tucker Carlson’s wife at all — I agree that protesting at her house was tactically unwise and shouldn’t be done — but I am utterly unable to identify with her plight on any level. https://t.co/1YRAY8DuWC
    — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 8, 2018

    He’s “unable to identify” with a frightened mother, home alone, while a violent mob tries to smash through the door? Sick. What kind of sociopath do you have to be to think like that?

    Carlson has announced that he’ll be taking a few days off to regroup and take care of his family. Hopefully, the people who were outside his home are being arrested as we speak.In the meantime, remember:

    They are telling you who they are. Believe them.


    DC Police – Harassing Tucker's Home Is Fine as Long as They Don’t Get Violent


    Posted on 11/08/2018 by Wirecutter

    Concerning the antifa mob that surrounded Tucker Carlson’s house last night:



    Police officers in the area responded to the 911 call when the mob formed and have told the Post that they will increase their presence in the area in case the group returns.

    “We’re going to keep an eye on the block and the area because of the earlier disturbance to make sure that nothing escalates,” Lt. Jon Pongratz of the D.C. police told the Post. “We wanted to make sure that it stayed safe … in case they do come back.”

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    'They were threatening me and my family': Tucker Carlson's home targeted by protesters

    Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post
    Published 3:23 am PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018


    Allyson Chiu, The Washington Post Published 3:23 am PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018



    Fox News host Tucker Carlson was at his desk Wednesday evening, less than two hours before his 8 p.m. live show, when he suddenly started receiving multiple text messages.

    There was some sort of commotion happening outside his home in Northwest D.C.

    "I called my wife," Carlson told The Washington Post in a phone interview. "She had been in the kitchen alone getting ready to go to dinner and she heard pounding on the front door and screaming. ... Someone started throwing himself against the front door and actually cracked the front door."

    His wife, thinking it was a home invasion, locked herself in the pantry and called 911, Carlson said. The couple have four children, but none were home at the time.

    But it wasn't a home invasion. It was a protest.

    According to now-deleted social media posts shared by Smash Racism DC, a local anti-facist organization whose members have been tied to other demonstrations against prominent Republican figures, activists showed up outside Carlson's home Wednesday and they had a message for him.

    "Tucker Carlson, we are outside your home," one person could be heard saying in the since-deleted video. The person, using a bullhorn, accused Carlson of "promoting hate" and "an ideology that has led to thousands of people dying."

    "We want you to know, we know where you sleep at night," the person concluded, before leading the group to chant, "Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!"

    Roughly 20 people had gathered outside Carlson's residence, said Lt. Jon Pongratz with the Metropolitan Police Department of D.C. Authorities received a call at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and responded "within a few minutes," Pongratz told The Post.

    Carlson said the protesters had blocked off both ends of his street and carried signs that listed his home address. The group called Carlson a "racist scumbag" and demanded that he "leave town," according to posts on Twitter. A woman was also overheard in one of the deleted videos saying she wanted to "bring a pipe bomb" to his house, he said.

    "It wasn't a protest. It was a threat," said Carlson, who is often denounced by critics, particularly liberal critics, for inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants and minorities on his Fox News show. "They weren't protesting anything specific that I had said. They weren't asking me to change anything. They weren't protesting a policy or advocating for legislation. ... They were threatening me and my family and telling me to leave my own neighborhood in the city that I grew up in."

    He added that he still does not know who was behind the protest, but plans to find out.

    On Twitter, Smash Racism DC accused Carlson of spreading "fear into our homes" every night, taking particular issue with his comments about the migrant caravan.

    "Tonight you're reminded that we have a voice," a now-deleted tweet read. "Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either."

    The host's address, as well as the addresses of his brother and good friend Neil Patel, with whom he co-founded the conservative media site the Daily Caller, were shared in tweets from Smash Racism DC's account.

    In a Facebook post that included video of the gathering, the group wrote, "Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!"

    Following backlash and news reports, Twitter deleted the problematic tweets and suspended the group's account early Thursday morning. The Facebook video was also taken down, but the page is still up. A request for comment made to the group's Facebook page early Thursday has not been returned.

    Hours after the protesters dispersed, police were still stationed near his home, Pongratz said, adding the block will be under "special attention" for "as long as needed."

    "We're going to keep an eye on the block and the area because of the earlier disturbance to make sure that nothing escalates," he said, noting that the increased security was a decision made by police. "We wanted to make sure that it stayed safe ... in case they do come back."

    News of the protest and doxxing, revealing personal information on the internet, prompted widespread condemnation from not just conservative-leaning journalists or Fox News personalities but also media members who are critical of Carlson.

    Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News personality who is reportedly in exit talks with NBC, called the demonstration "stomach-turning."

    "This has to stop," Kelly tweeted, sharing a video of the protesters. "Who are we? What are we becoming? @TuckerCarlson is tough & can handle a lot, but he does not deserve this. His family does not deserve this."

    Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume decried it as "revolting, and frightening." Daily Wire reporter Amanda Prestigiacomo tweeted that the protesters were "cowards" for going to Carlson's home while he was taping his show. S.E. Cupp, a CNN host, wrote on Twitter that the activists' actions were "not okay," adding, "don't do this."

    Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who has been critical of Carlson, also spoke out against the protest.

    "I think Tucker is a terrible influence on modern America but that doesn't justify harassing him at home," Boot tweeted. "Go high, not low."

    In his nightly newsletter, CNN's Brian Stelter dedicated a section to the protest titled, "Tucker Carlson does not deserve this." Stelter also shared screenshots of the newsletter on Twitter.

    "You can love or hate Fox's Tucker Carlson, but we should all be able to see that this protester behavior is wrong," the newsletter read. Quoting the responses from Kelly and Boot, Stelter wrote, "I agree. Get a permit for a protest outside Carlson's office if you want. But don't chant 'we know where you sleep at night' outside his home."

    Carlson, a longtime D.C. resident, said he went to "great lengths" to keep his home address private because of his family, who were all "very upset" by the protesters. He added that he loves his home and neighborhood and does not want to move.

    "They think of Northwest D.C. as a tranquil sanctuary where they know everyone and everyone is nice," he said. "They think of this as the greatest place in the world."

    Now, Carlson is worried about leaving his family alone at home.

    "How can you go out for dinner and leave the kids at home at this point?" he said. "If they're talking about pipe bombs ... how do you live like that?"

    He added that he also doesn't know what he's going to do about checking the mail. In October, pipe bombs were mailed across the country to high-profile critics of President Trump.

    "I probably won't open another package sent to our house from now on," Carlson said.

    Wednesday night's events are the latest in a spate of harassment aimed at prominent politicians and media outlets, ranging from being heckled in restaurants to receiving packages containing explosive devices.

    While he is no stranger to threats, Carlson said this time things went "too far."

    "I don't think I should be threatened in our house," he said. "I think I should fight back, and I plan to."

    He added: "I'm not going to be bullied and intimidated."

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    Some protests started in NYC and elsewhere.

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    10-15 years ago anyone talking about a potential second civil war was largely laughed at.

    Now, when you have smart guys like VDH talking about the possibility, it might be a good idea to take notice.

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    Preparing to Survive Riots, Terrorist Attacks, or a Civil War

    James Wesley Rawles Of all of the “worst case” possibilities that we prepare for, near the top of my “most dreaded” list is a second civil war. This falls in the category of a “highly unlikely, but profoundly inimical if it were to occur.” In this essay, I will discuss a full spectrum of threats, including contingency preparations for surviving riots, terrorist attacks, or a civil war.

    I believe that the United States has entered a period of great instability, born of political divisiveness. The sharp differences between liberals and conservatives are now profoundly felt. Virtually every topic and issue has become heavily politicized. This polarization seems to have grown worse with every month since Barrack Hussein Obama (BHO) took office. And the divide has grown even more pronounced under the administration of Donald John Trump (DJT). The mass media simply loathes Trump. They are doing their best to foment or even fabricate a crisis that could be used as an excuse to see DJT impeached.

    The Bard of the American Redoubt, Alex Barron, noted that some leftists have dubbed the current era a Cold Civil War. In fact, they did so quite soon after President DJT took office. The question is, will their Cold Civil War ever turn Hot?
    Those sentiments are shared by legendary investor Doug Casey. In a recent interview, referring to prospects of a second civil war, he said: “I think, as I’ve thought for a long time, that we’re heading for a disaster of genuinely historic proportions.”

    Troubles Of Our Own?

    The situation that develops in the next few years will most likely be characterized by riots and isolated terrorist attacks. The Antifa crowd may be the key instigators. But there is a small chance that it could morph into an outright civil war. And unlike the Civil War of the 1860s, this one would not have sharp geographic dividing lines. It will not be a war between States. Rather, it will be a war between World Views. As I view it, one world view is essentially Biblical and freedom-loving, while the other world view is Secular/Statist/Socialist/Globalist.

    With no sharp dividing lines, a 21st Century civil war in America would be a very messy conflict.

    In a recent interview on Radio Free Redoubt, I posited two parallels for a near-future American civil war:


    • First, a similarity to the domestic terrorism in the U.S. of the late 1960s and early 1970s. I’ve already discussed this in SurvivalBlog, so I won’t repeat it here. (See: The Antifa Threat Spiral: Some Safe Predictions on the Coming Unsafe Era.)
    • Second, a similarity in the level of violence and profound ambiguity of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in the 1970s. In The Troubles, there were lots of double agents, uncertain allegiances, large scale infiltrations, wiretappings, false flag attacks, internecine fighting, kneecappings (mostly of alleged informants or collaborators), bribed (or extorted) officials, conveniently “missing” police department guns, “missing” explosives, arms smuggling operations, and robberies. All of that was in addition to the expected riots, bombings, kidnappings, assassinations, sniper attacks, and arson attacks of a modern civil war.


    Not surprisingly, the Irish “civil” guerilla war reached all the way to London and Boston. And although officially “disarmed”, some of the IRA old-timers are still at it. In my estimation that war isn’t truly over. It is just enjoying a Half Time celebration, sans the leggy cheerleaders. Oh wait, they’ve got those.

    What We Might See

    If a “hot” civil war breaks out in the United States then the initial battle grounds will probably be on city streets. These will be Protests on Steroids. The fighting will not be just with batons, rocks, and pepper spray. At some point the street brawls will evolve into gunfights.

    We are also likely to see a larger number of mass shootings of soft (disarmed) targets. Schools, amusement parks, public memorial sites, churches, synagogues, and any public events that have security searches of hand baggage will all be targets. (Commonly called Second Amendment Free Zones.) Public meetings of any churches or civic groups that espouse conservative, libertarian, or nationalist positions are probably at the top of the potential list of targets.

    The other likely development is of domestic kidnapping teams and hit squads. So… If you are a high profile individual, take note! You may end up on their target lists, even if you don’t live in a coastal state. take appropriate security precautions. Do a web search on: Executive Protection. Think it all through. Forewarned is forearmed.

    Study Up, Stock Up, Team Up, Train Up

    Regardless of the potential range of severity or likelihood of riots, terrorist attacks, or a future civil war, it is wise to prepare. There are many existential threats. As I’ve written before, it is wise to Study Up, Stock Up, Team Up, and Train Up. The same preparations that you make for an economic collapse will look a lot like preps for a surviving a civil war. Think in terms of: Location, Logistics, Training, Communications, and Force Multipliers. The SurvivalBlog archives are replete with useful knowledge on all of those. Dive in deep and take full advantage of those educational resources.

    Pick Your Fights Wisely

    The risk of a second civil war is low. But if it does come then its implications would be huge. Be ready. But also be ready to make big decisions. First and foremost, unless you want to willingly put yourself and your family in the line of fire, then relocate. Where? To a lightly-populated region that is well-removed from major cities. (Does that sound familiar?) Every adult has to know how to pick their fights. For those with families, we have to recognize that our first and foremost responsibility is to protect those that we love. But beyond that initial binary decision, the big decisions become very difficult. Should you be an active participant? In a support role, such as medical or safe house provider? A financial supporter? An armorer, or logistician? Or should you even involved at all? As an example, look at the choice made by my fictional character Ben Fielding, in my novel Founders. Such big decisions are sometimes simultaneously both simple and complex. And, of course, you must follow what you know to be right. In the emotional heat, never let anyone convince you to do something that you know is wrong.

    An Instructive Precedent From Lore

    I’ll round out this essay with a bit of Rawles family history that dates back to the War Between The States. California was officially a Union state, but unofficially it was neutral in the Civil War. There was no draft there, and the fledgling state was essentially just an observer to the nasty conflict between the eastern states. Its main role was simply in supplying gold to finance the Union. There was plenty of northerner/southerner animosity, but very little outright conflict in California during the Unpleasantness. Along with his parents, my great-great uncle, Joseph William Rawles had relocated from Missouri to Illinois and then to California in 1856, settling safely in Mendocino County, California. There, they established a large horse and sheep ranch. When news of the outbreak of the Civil War reached California, Joseph, who was then 19 years old, decided to return to Missouri, to enlist in the Union Army. Already an accomplished civilian horseman and marksman, he joined a Missouri cavalry unit, initially riding the same horse that he’d ridden from California.

    At the end of the Civil War, Joseph Rawles made his way back out west, a changed man. He was by then in possession of two Colt’s revolvers, a Henry repeating rifle, and what could best be termed “special skills.” Family members later recalled that he was “…a wonderful quick shot with a pistol.” En route to California, he got into a shooting affray in the mining camp town of Silver City, Idaho. There, he was forced to shoot a man named Sim Oldham, in self defense. Fearing that he couldn’t get a fair trial, he fled the camp in the dead of night. After returning to California, Joseph Rawles used some of his 1860s-vintage “Operator” skills and became an armed stagecoach driver. He died a few years later, when he was bushwhacked in Cloverdale, California by a stagecoach robber named Joseph Gibbons. Ironically, Gibbons was a relative of Rawles, by marriage. (He was an in-law outlaw.) But that is another story.

    Conclusion


    The important lesson from the foregoing traverse into family lore is that actively participating a civil war can be optional, at least for some men. Even if you survive it, it is sure to change you, and not necessarily for the better. Civil war is never pretty. We need to be honest with ourselves about our ability to be combatants versus support troops, or just financial or logistic supporters. Please pray about being on the right side of history. But again, pick your fights wisely. –

    JWR



    What most people get wrong about our ‘civil war’

    Domestic ConflictForward Observer Dispatch
    By Samuel Culper


    One of my favorite things to do each week is to comb through articles and blog posts about our ‘coming civil war’. While a civil war, by definition, has not yet started, I do argue that a domestic conflict has already started (my specific thoughts are here, here, and here).

    There are plenty of naysayers, and I understand their logic. They advise listeners or readers, “Go to your local Walmart or grocery store. Your local doctor’s office. Your local bank. Walk out your front door and talk to your neighbor.” They ask if Americans are at war with each other in these places, and use these anecdotes to explain that America isn’t locked into a civil war and won’t be.

    They’re right in that regard. America isn’t at war.

    But the problem with their argument is that it’s not all of America fighting the culture war, nor is it all of America fighting in the ongoing domestic conflict. It’s an ‘irate, tireless minority’. (The brunt of the ‘fighting’ in this conflict isn’t being waged by the average American, as two of my favorite thinkers people in the world — Victor Davis Hanson and Niall Ferguson — have alluded to. You can read my review of Ferguson’s latest book here.)

    Another reason why most Americans — the overwhelming majority — aren’t engaged in our domestic conflict is because we’re still really early. Those engaged in establishing the battle lines of today’s culture war were ‘innovators’ in the 1990s. Those engaged in the culture war through the 2008 and 2016 elections were ‘early adopters’. But once the ‘early majority’ joins as soon as 2019-2021, the evidence of an active domestic conflict could be overwhelming. That’s a very distinct possibility.

    My estimate is that we have maybe a few percent of the population pushing left or right extremes at the center of the culture war, but there’s an even smaller percentage (a fraction) that actually engages in political violence. There’s probably another 10 percent on either side actively engaged in political, information, and economic warfare. The remaining 75 percent is on the bubble, indifferent, or just plain stuck in the middle — a lot like other intra-state conflicts we’ve experienced.

    So can we really have a domestic conflict with just a few thousand combatants?

    Well, yeah. But we’re probably still very early.

    To understand why we’re still in the beginning phases of our domestic conflict, we can look at three concepts: the three-part insurgency model, the ‘tooth to tail ratio’ of irregular conflicts, and contemporary examples of irregular conflicts which feature relatively few combatants on either side. (I’ve previously stated the case that, according to the doctrine of low intensity conflict, we’re already in a domestic conflict, however, these three concepts are a second frame of reference for understanding our conflict.)

    The three-part insurgency model

    I’m not suggesting that we’re getting to an outright insurgency in America, but briefly: there are three parts of an insurgent movement. Guerrilla fighters, the Underground, and the Auxiliary. Guerrillas are the irregular force; typically a small group/unit/cell responsible for carrying out direct action against enemy targets. The Underground is typically responsible for running intelligence networks, sabotage, propaganda, and other critical elements of warfare. And then there’s the Auxiliary, which is the support element responsible for logistics and supply, operating safe houses, intelligence gathering, and other generally nonviolent support activities. While there may be some crossover, traditional insurgent and resistance movements have elements of all three parts.

    Are we seeing this triad in the current resistance movement? Yes, absolutely, but still at very informal and low levels. As I argue, we’re witnessing a high grade culture war, but a low grade domestic conflict. (And I should also state that the term ‘civil war’ would imply politically-related deaths. Some definitions of ‘civil war’ put the number of those deaths as low as 25 per year, or as high as 1,000 per year; but either way, deaths from politically-related violence are not at ‘civil war’ levels, strictly speaking.)

    Tooth to tail ratios

    The tooth to tail ratio is a measurement of fighters to support roles in a conflict. For instance, in Iraq or Afghanistan, there were anywhere between 10-30 support soldiers for every one infantry soldier. The tooth to tail ratio also applied for the Taliban, Sunni and Shia fighters in Iraq, and most other insurgent and resistance movements throughout history; although the ratios differ greatly.

    What’s the tooth to tail ratio in our current conflict? For every one person engaging in political violence, how many are there supporting them with intelligence, safe houses, transportation, etc.? Not many. Most of the people engaged in political violence probably don’t have logistics support. If this 1:1 ratio were to ever start growing — which is to say that if very clear lines were to be drawn between guerrilla, underground, and auxiliary roles, and Americans began filling those roles on either side — then I would have a much greater reasoning to say that our low grade domestic conflict is developing. (If we start seeing the emergence of traditional combat, combat support, and combat service support roles, then I would expect a hot war to be imminent or have already started in earnest.) For what it’s worth, I routinely see PDF downloads and links to anarchist and communist/socialist insurgent publications (ELF, Mao, Marighella, etc.) on left wing extremist websites. Many of these groups hold meetings and informal recruiting events where these topics are studied and discussed. And some groups on the right are also studying these kinds of doctrinal materials. Last year, we saw a professionally-written operations order for a white nationalist event. It was no doubt written by an Army veteran. So military doctrine and training are being implemented on both the far right and far left. Once we see formal logistical support roles begin to develop alongside those who carry out political violence, then we can likely say that the domestic conflict has turned a corner. Until then, if or when it happens, we’re still in a low grade domestic conflict and it’s entirely possible that we stay there.

    Contemporary examples

    For all the references to ‘the’ Civil War (1861-1865), it’s important to note that military powers involved around 10% of the population of the United States over the entire course of the war. But at its peak, only 2.3 percent of the entire population was fielded in the military.

    Today’s intra-state conflict is unlikely to reach those levels. Instead, what we see will probably be pretty similar to more contemporary intra-state conflicts and insurgent movements. It’s difficult to judge just what percentage of the populace engaged in violence in Iraq or Afghanistan at any given point, but suffice it to say that it was very small. A U.S. Government report from September 2017 estimated that the strength of the Taliban ranged from 25,000 to 35,000 fighters. Even if all those fighters were Afghans, the percentage of the population involved in fighting would be around 0.1 percent. (Since those fighters are not likely to all be Afghans, the percentage is likely lower.) The number of fighters in the Chechen insurgency at any given time was probably less than that. At the height of the Bosnian war, probably one percent of the Serb population were actively fighting at any one time. Around 1.5 percent of the Croat population was actively fighting at the same time. There are countless other examples of civil wars and ethnic/sectarian conflicts where very small parts of the population actively fight.

    As a baseline scenario, I consider a low grade domestic conflict featuring sporadic violence, and at times spikes in certain regions, to be very possible. Life will go on, but we could be looking at an intractable, low intensity conflict that lasts for years.

    But it’s tough to forecast just where this is going, this far out. Our maxim is that “The more extreme the prediction, the less likely it is to come true,” which is why we consider low frequency events to be so extreme. But they do happen. And if we have political instability or violence coincide with the next recession — which could be in 2020 — then we could absolutely see lots of different factors contribute to a ‘perfect storm’ scenario in the United States.

    It’s something to seriously consider, and it’s our work here at Forward Observer.

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    Civil War 2.0 Becomes Inevitable As American Balkanization Reaches Terminal Velocity

    by Brett Stevens on November 13, 2018



    Democracy will fall soon, mainly because it can no longer make decisions. Rather than appreciate traditional wisdom that says that democracy divides a population into special interest groups, the West adopted diversity, which adds even more divisions of special interest groups, and finally has ended up as a bunch of bickering monkeys unable to see the forest for the trees.

    When a democracy is young, it seems like an efficient way to make decisions: rely on utilitarianism, or the idea that whatever most people like is the best solution, and you get a clear statement of what most people are thinking. They call it the “wisdom of crowds,” forgetting that this phenomenon deals best with finite qualities and does poorly with leadership.
    Leadership requires not a momentary look at what is popular, but consistent action toward goals which may be invisible over the horizon of time. This conflicts with the democratic idea of choosing what people are thinking about right now to see what may benefit them in the short term.

    As it turns out, those short-term and long-term visions collide as democracy balkanizes into opposed special interest groups:

    The research, conducted by Zachary Neal, an associate professor of psychology and global urban studies at Michigan State University, is among the first to measure polarization not only by examining the frequency of parties working together, but also by demonstrating how they’ve grown more distant than any other time in modern history.
    “What I’ve found is that polarization has been steadily getting worse since the early 1970s,” he explains in a university release. “Today, we’ve hit the ceiling on polarization. At these levels, it will be difficult to make any progress on social or economic policies.”

    The full study was published on September 24, 2018 in the journal Social Networks.
    Why the 1970s? Perhaps it had something to do with how the Left took over culture in 1968. After that time, you were either with the Left, or against it. The only brief respite came in the 1980s when Ronald Reagan ran on a moderate conservative platform in order to undo the damages of the Carter years and the 1960s. He came close.

    An uneasy truce began after that with the next Leftist president, which was Bill Clinton. At that point, things were highly polarized, but owing to economic growth from the dot-com boom and “fast money” policies, Clinton seemed beyond criticism, and when he adopted some conservative reforms, became nearly untouchable. People refrained from rocking the boat so that the good times could continue.

    When the Clinton years ended in a haze of scandal and hints of the upcoming financial crash, we returned to a quasi-conservative with George W. Bush, who made some positive changes but then became obsessed with the globalist mission of bringing democracy and consumerism to the world.

    After that, the West went further into its diversity and globalism agenda with Obama in the US and a strengthening of the EU in Europe. Those both ended in soft disaster, meaning that no horrible events came from them, only a weakening of civilizations that left people feeling lost and adrift while social infrastructure slowly collapsed.

    With the rise of Farage, Trump, and Brexit, the fragile truce that began in 1968 caved in as people realized that without us stopping it, the Leftist machine was going to take over everything here just as it did in the former Soviet Union. At this point, the peace evaporated because it became clear that we could not take a middle path, and we were either in favor of the Left or would be seen as opposing it.

    That caused people to polarize into two sides instead of many and led to the conditions for civil war in which we presently find ourselves:

    I never thought I’d end my career covering a civil war in America.
    …There’s the battle between those who feel the American dream has slipped from their grasp and those who can easily pass it on to their kids. There’s the one between rural small-town Americans and “globalized” city slickers, who, the small-town folks are sure, look down upon them. There’s the fight between the white working-class Americans who feel that their identities are being lost in an increasingly minority-majority country and the Americans who embrace multiculturalism. And there’s the struggle between men who believe that their gender still confers certain powers and privileges and the women challenging that.

    …In a tribal world it’s rule or die, compromise is a sin, enemies must be crushed and power must be held at all costs.

    In other words, once we lost national identity as a Western European nation, our country fragmented into many special interest groups. These no longer trust that others have the same goals that they do, so have become paranoid and view other groups as manipulators who are exploiting them. Class, race, culture, religion, and heritage are all part of this great division.

    People feel that their “identities are being lost in an increasingly minority-majority country and the Americans who embrace multiculturalism” because they are seeing their countries changed from unique things into the same generic mixed-race shopping mall that California has become. We have lost identity; we have become directionless and disunified as a result.

    This disunity causes us to see other political orientations not just as competing points of view, but as competing types of societies. If we no longer have unity, we no longer need to tolerate each other, and then we can point out the parts of their ideal which are alien and destructive to us.

    Some have looked more clearly into the source of our division and found that erasure of identity leads to populism as people see the Leftist endgame and want out of it:

    Matthew Goodwin and I argue that both nativism and racism can be problematic terms in the context of contemporary European and American politics, while the fascist tag is inappropriate for this family of parties (though not extremist ones like the Greek Golden Dawn). ‘Nativist’ was coined in 19th century America to refer to those who sought to restrict new immigration to just Protestants, but today the term is typically used to refer to anyone who raises questions about the need for extensive new immigration and/or who seeks to defend national culture and traditions. The term ‘racist’ entered common usage in the 20th century, initially referring to the belief that the world was divided into hierarchically ordered races (a view for a time reinforced by racial science), and to a belief in dangerous Jewish conspiracies. Today the scholarly focus is more on a widespread ‘new racism’, which is based on allegedly irreconcilable cultural differences, together with ‘institutional’ and ‘implicit’ racism that do not require any conscious bias or prejudice.

    …Turning to the views of national populist voters generally, although a minority wear the racist badge with pride, we find that large numbers reject the white supremacism and narrow ethnic nationalism that is often associated with them by critics. In Western Europe and the US, few seek to restrict immigration to those who would immediately fit into the dominant culture, though fears about Islam are widespread and many seek to restrict the welfare rights of new economic migrants (a policy which has helped national populists appeal to former social democratic voters in countries like Denmark and Sweden, where such budgets have been under strain).

    Moreover, many of the issues raised by national populists address larger questions, such as the importance of a sense of belonging and community in the face of often unprecedented rates of ethnic change. Some European countries have close to, even a higher, percentage of foreign-born population than the US, ranging from 11-17 per cent in Austria, Sweden, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands, while in France the number of Muslims is projected to rise from 9 to 17 per cent by 2050. Surveys show that across Europe and the US overwhelming majorities say that they feel strongly attached to their nation (an average of 82 per cent). It is, therefore, hardly surprising that many are concerned about the implications of growing hyper-diversity, and linked issues such as maintaining the trust which is so central to stable political and social life.
    Reading through this somewhat dense text, we see that populists are those who are no longer afraid of being called “racist” or “fascist” for not wanting their societies to be assimilated by much greater groups of third world immigrants.

    People like their nations, and know that after demographic change, those nations will no longer exist.

    Since the 1990s, social change has picked up and the social engineering of the Left has sought to “fundamentally transform” enough different places to make the alteration in national character known. People are seeing how globalism means that their countries become properties, not unique spirits or groups, and how much is being lost through this insanity.

    The terms “racist” and “fascist” arise because both of those groups embrace nationalism, or the idea that one ethnic group comprises each nation, and that by extension, diversity destroys nations and cannot function. The Left wishes to suppress this knowledge and so it makes nationalist ideas taboo.

    They do this so that they can continue ethnic replacement of their opposition, who are dissidents to Leftism and therefore an obstacle to Leftist world domination:

    President Trump has declared war on America’s changing demography. His administration has followed through on that strategy with a proposal to add a question to the 2020 census asking about citizenship.

    What this selective underenumeration will not do is make America’s growing racial minority populations disappear.

    The losers from this undercount include members of Mr. Trump’s older white base, who will suffer from lost investments in a younger generation, whose successes and contributions to the economy will be necessary to keep America great.

    America’s white population is growing tepidly because of substantial declines among younger whites. Since 2000, the white population under the age of 18 has shrunk by seven million, and declines are projected among white 20-somethings and 30-somethings over the next two decades and beyond. This is a result of both low fertility rates among young whites and modest white immigration — a trend that is not likely to change despite Mr. Trump’s wish for more immigrants from Norway.
    This article fails to mention that this changing demography was entirely created by the Left, who under Senator Ted Kennedy endorsed the Hart-Celler Act in 1965 which altered our immigration from pro-European to favoring the third world.

    Let that sink in for a moment. The Left is blaming us for pushing back against their change to how our society worked, since we have now seen that this new immigration agenda is not working so well. In fact, we are pushing back against all “we are all one” type initiatives.

    National populism — a good enough term for the mellow mix of libertarianism, social conservatism, and opposition to increasing diversity championed by luminaries like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump — opposes the Leftist tendency to make all of society into a mass without differences between its members. National populism is a pushback against egalitarianism itself.

    Some even correctly identify the sympathy between national populism and nativism, a movement to resist “fundamental transformation” by white ethnic mixing from two centuries ago:

    According to Mudde, a professor at the University of Georgia, nativism is an almost exclusively American concept that is rarely discussed in Western Europe. The term’s origins lie with mid-19th century political movements in the United States—most famously the Know Nothing party—that portrayed Catholic immigration from countries such as Germany and Ireland as a grave threat to native-born Protestant Americans…Nativism arose in a natural place: a nation constructed through waves of migration and backlashes to migration, where the meaning of “native” is always evolving.
    Nativism, Mudde told me, is “xenophobic nationalism.” It is “an ideology that wants congruence of state and nation—the political and the cultural unit. It wants one state for every nation and one nation for every state. It perceives all non-natives … as threatening. But the non-native is not only people. It can also be ideas.” Nativism is most appealing during periods when people feel the harmony between state and nation is disappearing.

    …Whether nativism involves opposing the European Union because Germans have to bail out Greeks, or opposing multiculturalism because it means accepting forms of Islamic dress, the idea is that “there is a native population or a native culture that should be given priority over other kinds of cultures.”

    As it turns out, we discuss nativism quite a bit on this blog, including how history proved it right and how diversity problems of today were predicted long ago as the heritage American nation found itself facing waves of impoverished immigrants from mixed-white countries like Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain as well as mixed-white groups such as Jews and Travelers who wanted to come over. Nativism says that each nation has a founding population, and that population should keep it, which means that other groups have to go elsewhere. So far, nativism has turned out to be correct and the “we are all one” diversity and equality type plans have all run aground in disaster.

    In each nation, people are realizing that the more nations that are brought to the table, the less any one nation has the ability to act as it needs to, and the less specific the rules will be to its circumstances. If you join a group, expect your interests to be minimized in favor of those of the group; this is not a problem when the group consists of people like you, but groups of nations like the EU tend to expand outward and invariably become less distinctive. That in turn makes them hostile to the interests of national groups.

    For those who are new to history, the West just got done — on the historical scale — fighting two epic wars of democracy versus nationalism. WWI and WWII both consisted of the pro-democracy powers trying to finish what the national revolutions following the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars had started, which was a quest to ensure that every other nation used the same democratic system and thus behaved the same way as the Allied powers did.

    It was both a conflict for a certain type of political system, and a war against the distinctiveness of nations which made them resist the “we are all one” instinct of the group. The Allies wanted Europe to share an economic and political system so that its trade could go further, and out of that desire, it provoked a backlash which it then punished with two wars that it won through superiority of numbers guaranteed by American entry into the war.

    The order established by those wars lasted for some time, but like all political systems, it is a virus and acts in self-interest like everything else in nature. As a result, it grows. It grew into civil rights during the postwar period when we applied our wartime ideology to domestic issues, and it competed with Communism by becoming more socialist and pro-“freedom” in the 1960s in order to offer something that the Soviet Union could not, and then after Communism fell, it fully hybridized socialism and capitalism into a consumerist system that used tax-and-spend to subsidize its underclass population growth and thus generate economic activity to increase demand for its currency.

    National populism and the recent Right-wing movements — all of which arose from the European New Right — may not explicitly define themselves this way, but they are the opposition to the postwar order of consumerism plus “globalism” or diversity at home and international trade having sway over national customs globally.

    This friction presents itself as the loss of common purpose in Europe, which really means that Europe is experiencing defections from the Leftist world order of liberal democracy, consumerism, and globalism:

    In recent weeks, I’ve travelled to a number of European capitals. What I picked up is that a fragmentation of minds is under way, even though so many contemporary themes, from globalisation to migration, are the common concern of all Europeans. There is particular pathos to this as the centenary of the 1918 armistice approaches. With a key European parliament election just seven months away, the psychological divisions across the continent seem to be deepening, not diminishing.

    This is not just about the tensions between populist and non-populist governments. We know that two camps are pitted against one another: on one side, Hungary’s “illiberal democrat” Viktor Orbán, Poland’s nationalist leadership, Italy’s far-right strongman, Matteo Salvini; on the other, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Angela Merkel and the Netherlands’ prime minister, Mark Rutte.

    …A few weeks ago, during a debate on Europe in Vienna’s Burgtheater, I made the point that the Austrian foreign minister Karin Kneissl’s association with the far-right Freedom party embodied precisely the danger Europe faces: the go-it-alone message and the danger of democratic backsliding that comes when xenophobic nationalist parties gain power.
    You have one of two options: either you support the natural selection model, in which each country does its own thing and some succeed more than others, or the egalitarian model, in which every nation is standardized to the same system so that there are no losers. This mirrors the class warfare nature of egalitarianism itself, which tries to eliminate differences between people so that there can be an end to struggle and the hierarchy that it produces, which we might see as a rejection of nature or life itself.

    “We are all one” appeals to humans for the same reason that pacifism, inclusiveness, camaraderie, and acceptance do: it gives us a little human world in which the coldness of life is upended, and humans decide to make each other feel good and exclude the world and its demands from the experience. This consolation proves as old as humanity, and perhaps even older, since we see wild species do it as well.

    However, “we are all one” is also self-interested, and people quickly use it as a path to power, which makes it into the norm but also gives power to those who have no idea how to wield it. We have lived too long under peasant-kings like Angela Merkel and Claude Juncker, but most cannot see what is actually wrong with them. They are salespeople using ideology to vault into power at a level beyond their understanding.

    People across the West, who basically gave up after the horrors of WW1, have begun to rediscover their will to live. Specifically, they want to thrive among people like them without the intrusion of government and industry, and they are willing to throw away the social safety net and international commerce in order to do so. Their new desire is self-sufficiency, and if that means no iPads and quinoa, they are OK with that.

    This new outlook challenges the existing liberal order, and presents to us the need to launch off on our own direction again instead of following the herd toward what groups of people always find pleasing:

    Yet for all the significance of those two unfolding stories, the cumulative threats now facing the European Union could be of longer term and greater geopolitical significance. That’s because that the same brand of nationalism and populism that unifies Trump’s voters, and inflames his detractors at home and abroad, is a far more fundamental challenge to one of history’s great experiments, the European integration project that evolved after World War II.

    …What’s too little understood in Washington and Europe alike is the crucial role the U.S. played in the development of a unified, secure and economically strong Europe. Indeed, today’s modern, prosperous, democratic European Union of 28 states – including some eleven former members of the Soviet bloc – is one of the United States’ greatest foreign policy accomplishment.
    With the rise of Trump, America has rejected its postwar role. Trump has always said “America first,” and by doing so, he has rejected the comfortable system that allowed European socialism to thrive on American defense dollars. He has repudiated the military-industrial complex and demanded that instead of American military rule of the globe, there be independent nations who come together when convenient to eject threats from their spheres of influence.

    In doing so, he has rejected the WW2 order and the WW1 crusade that began it. Our goal as Americans is not to enforce “we are all one” through liberal democracy and consumerism, but to stand for our own interests, and encourage others to do the same. This is a first step toward balkanization, or the separation of racial, religious, cultural, and ethnic groups into their own civilizations so that each may pursue its values to whatever end they deliver.

    Part of this includes the recognition that the anti-racism of the WW1-WW2 era is a mistake, since diversity presents nothing but an impediment to unity of the nation, which in turn implies that diversity will be leaving us soon much like other failed policies from the postwar era:

    Most immigrants coming to Canada want to build a new life in a free and democratic society, escaping tyranny, prejudice or poor economic circumstances. Their local ethnic communities help them get adjusted to their new home. But it is nonetheless true that Canada faces a real test in maintaining national identity when so many people come from disparate backgrounds, and in avoiding problems that occur with ethnic conflict.

    In principle, diverse populations can be economically rewarding. They provide more product and service choices.

    Immigration brings workers with a greater variety of backgrounds. Immigrants can even spur more innovation since people with different perspectives combine ideas in ways that would not happen with homogenous societies.
    However, the flipside is fragmentation — when citizens identify more strongly with a social group rather than the nation as a whole, potentially leading to conflict. Conflict itself erodes trust in institutions and encourages corruption…What researchers have found is that voters who identify more strongly with the “nation” rather than their particular sub-group, are more cognizant of the country’s overall well-being.

    When your goal is to avoid membership in those large groups which reduce your own input to one of many voices, fragmentation becomes unacceptable. Those who identify with the founding group care about the well-being of the nation, but everyone else belongs to one of many bickering special interest groups, caring only about their group as the nation careens toward doom.

    In the 1940s as in the 1840s, people were herding toward fear of strong power, since that could interrupt their personal life plans with the need to support orders larger than the individual like culture, faith, heritage, and purpose. Instead they elected democracy, which allowed them to separate from the process of the nation and become merely consumers who rented space within national boundaries in order to participate in one political and economic system more than another.

    One reason that many of us rejected the Neoreaction idea of “patchwork,” or people shopping by governments based on what they offer, is that it merely extended this concept further. Nation became government which became product. This destroys any actual unity and replaces it with a temporary alliance of convenience, based on the shallowest commonality which can be found between human beings. The sense of significance, belonging, meaning, and purpose which comes with an actual culture and nation becomes forgotten, replaced by the state itself and the herd behavior upon which it relies for power.

    The West revolts against fragmentation. The many aspects of breakdown of our society — fragmentation, diversity, special interest groups, fighting for power — all result from this flight from unity, not just of citizens with nation but of the elements within the nation, such as religion, science, culture, and heritage. When these are united and have a common root, life is good and sane; when they are not, life becomes neurotic, ridden with conflict, ugly, and predatory.

    The Left of course translates this dissident behavior into the only language that they know, class warfare, and by doing so claims that this is an economic/social struggle instead of one for the soul of the nation, as Unabomber victim David Gelernter writes:

    The difference between citizens who hate Mr. Trump and those who can live with him—whether they love or merely tolerate him—comes down to their views of the typical American: the farmer, factory hand, auto mechanic, machinist, teamster, shop owner, clerk, software engineer, infantryman, truck driver, housewife. The leftist intellectuals I know say they dislike such people insofar as they tend to be conservative Republicans.
    …Those who voted for Mr. Trump, and will vote for his candidates this November, worry about the nation, not its image. The president deserves our respect because Americans deserve it—not such fancy-pants extras as network commentators, socialist high-school teachers and eminent professors, but the basic human stuff that has made America great, and is making us greater all the time.
    In other words, we have real members of the nation who care about it, and they oppose the international elites who see this nation as a means to an end, namely of their own wealth and safety. International elites buy multiple citizens and jet between homes in different places in order to avoid instability that, like the fluctuations in the market, they profit from by anticipating the disorder and betting on places where slightly more order remains.

    Trump’s audience are those who do not intend to leave. Even if they had the money, they would not leave their beloved communities and the land they are bonded to. They like being where they are, and they distrust those who can skip out on the beauty of an exceptional place to go somewhere else simply to avoid the bother of dealing with a little social shakeup.

    They distrust those who do not have an intense bond to their community, their people, and the land that supports them.

    If you feel inklings of a rural-versus-urban divide, you might be correct, since the essence of the urban is detachment.

    Detachment from the land, from the tasks required to produce raw materials, and from anything but the human-only world of feelings, emotions, and judgments in which one must be expert in order to succeed in marketing, business, law, and sales. Cities are humanism, “we are all one,” and the type of thinking that drives the EU, all in one place. They are alien to the notions of unity between people and land that are present in the country.

    However, that misses the broader picture, as do all narratives of class warfare. Class is inherent to who we are; we are all born with a set of abilities than place us somewhere on a hierarchy, both vertical and horizontal, of who does what in a highly functional society. This class division obscures a larger truth, namely that this is a white civil war fought by those with the most money, education, and experience first, but spreading outward:

    The report, “Hidden Tribes,” breaks Americans into seven groups, from left to right, with names like Traditional Liberals, Moderates, Politically Disengaged and so on. It won’t surprise you to learn that the most active groups are on the extremes — Progressive Activists on the left (8 percent of Americans) and Devoted Conservatives on the right (6 percent).

    These two groups are the richest of all the groups. They are the whitest of the groups. Their members have among the highest education levels, and they report high levels of personal security.
    We sometimes think of this as a populist moment. But that’s not true. My first big takeaway from “Hidden Tribes” is that our political conflict is primarily a rich, white civil war. It’s between privileged progressives and privileged conservatives.
    In other words, much like the election of Donald Trump, this struggle plays out between those with actual experience of how to run businesses, groups, institutions, and systems within our society, and they are divided between those who want the status quo to continue and those who see it as moribund.

    Some recognize that Leftism has destroyed much of our society, while others — perhaps those who benefit personally from Leftism, or lack the ability to see beyond their immediate personal sphere — want more of the same because it is working for them.

    They might even be divided by those who think solely of themselves versus those who think about the “community,” a difficult definition comprising not just other people but the continuity of their traditions, their beliefs, and their future. Some realize that their future is tied with community, while others do not, and this produces the fundamental clash dividing the West into individualists and tribalists:

    I’m using “tribalism” to refer to what George Orwell, in an essay he wrote at the end of the Second World War, meant by “nationalism”: “the habit of identifying oneself with a single nation or other unit, placing it beyond good and evil and recognising no other duty than that of advancing its interests. . . . The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.”

    In other words, you either identify with self+community or you identity simply with self. Not surprisingly, this pairing comports with political divisions in psychology:

    Haidt and his colleagues synthesize anthropology, evolutionary theory, and psychology to propose six innate moral foundations: care/harm, fairness/cheating, liberty/oppression, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, and sanctity/degradation.

    …The moral mind, to him, resembles an audio equalizer with a series of slider switches that represent different parts of the moral spectrum. All political movements base appeals on different settings of the foundations—and the culture wars arise from what they choose to emphasize. Liberals jack up care, followed by fairness and liberty. They rarely value loyalty and authority. Conservatives dial up all six.
    In other words, Leftists value individualism; conservatives preserve the individual, as survival is important, but add to it loyalty and authority, which translate to membership in a group and concern for the prevalence of its traditions, which requires hierarchy.

    These two political viewpoints prove incompatible. Someone who values the individual only, as seems to have been the winning side in the twentieth century, will never understand someone who values individual+community, including the intangible (or long-term) aspects of community. They are like different species, getting ready to separate.

    As it turns out, this fundamental divide extends beyond political parties to individuals who identify as independents associating with one outlook over the other and ending up forming a Left/Right divide within the middle ground:

    According to the Gallup polling firm, the identity that people choose most often is actually “independent” – not Democratic or Republican. In 2017, 42 percent of Americans chose this label – up from the low 30s just 14 years ago, in 2004.

    However, three-quarters of these “independents” admit, when asked, that they lean toward favoring the Democratic or Republican Party. Judging by how they vote or what they think of national political leaders, the truth is that these “leaners” really are partisans rather than independents. Apparently, many people who like to think of themselves as independent-minded and free of party influence just aren’t.

    Only about 10 percent of Americans are what we call “pure independents” – that is, people who identify as independents and claim not to favor either of the two major parties. Nor has that percentage grown in recent years.

    This means that the vast majority of Americans – consistently around 90 percent – are partisans.
    In other words, you are wired to take one path or the other, and this probably varies with where you fit in the social structure. Peasants think only of themselves; kings thing of not just other people, but the whole of tradition, continuity, power, and finding the best solution for the long term and not just a temporary expedient until the next guy takes over.

    This means that the divisions that we see now are permanent. Our society has splintered itself by adopting Leftism, which has forced people to be either denialists who defend a clearly dying civilization, or those who think more clearly about the long-term future and want a civilization which is ascendant instead of dying.

    Our current situation came about because a higher population clashed with less organized and lower IQ ones. Heritage America, or the Western Europeans who created this civilization, had a code of behavior which rewarded the good and punished the bad. Simpler populations saw no reason to play along with this, and so crept in and took advantage of the goodwill extended to them.

    What resulted was a clash between the standards of groups. Heritage Americans played by certain rules, and went along with the Other groups until it became clear that those groups were not playing by the same standards, and now we are seeing that these Other groups must go because we need our standards.

    In other words, Heritage America is saying to the post-1800 newcomers, “you didn’t play by our cultural rules, and therefore you are bad,” which means that a permanent schism will erupt:

    Heritage America is finished because nobody respected the rule of law other than Heritage Americans. And those that did respect the law, manipulated it for their whims and purposes and changed it for their own narcissistic reasons…or worse, politically conspired intentionally against Heritage America.

    That in turn means war, much as it did in 1861. When different groups are thrust into the same political space, conflict results, mainly because diversity never works, even if within the same race. We have nothing in common in America anymore, and it means that we will fragment, and each group will go its own way.

    Although this sounds lugubrious, think of it this way: human history is receiving clear answers. Limited democracy still becomes mob rule. Diversity of any form destroys a nation. Those who see the long term must rule the rest, or those who see only the short term will destroy them. We are not all one; we are in fact, a varied and complex structure that requires separation not false unity.

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    What most people get wrong about our ‘civil war’

    Domestic ConflictForward Observer Dispatch
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    One of my favorite things to do each week is to comb through articles and blog posts about our ‘coming civil war’. While a civil war, by definition, has not yet started, I do argue that a domestic conflict has already started (my specific thoughts are here, here, and here).

    There are plenty of naysayers, and I understand their logic. They advise listeners or readers, “Go to your local Walmart or grocery store. Your local doctor’s office. Your local bank. Walk out your front door and talk to your neighbor.” They ask if Americans are at war with each other in these places, and use these anecdotes to explain that America isn’t locked into a civil war and won’t be.

    Something interesting I had seen recently and was trying to find to source it was a piece that said, shooting wasn't the start of the first civil war, it was the culmination of it and that applies to the second as well.

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